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Sunday, September 11, 2016

In Context: portrait of myself as my father

Brooklyn-based choreographer nora chipaumire performs a visceral exploration of African masculinity in portrait of myself as my father, coming to the BAM Fisher September 14–17. Context is everything, so get even closer to the production with this curated selection of related articles and videos. After you've attended the show, let us know what you thought by posting in the comments below and on social media using #norachipaumire.

Program Notes

A New Experiment in the Next Wave: Brooklyn-Paris Exchange (BAM blog)This year's Next Wave Festival marks the arrival of a new international experiment.

Black Looks: Race and Representation (PDF)
bell hooks' collection of critical essays from 1992. Pay close attention to Chapter 6: “Reconstructing Black Masculinity."

nora chipaumire (Tumblr)
Keep up with the acclaimed choreographer as she travels the world.

Why Are There So Many Black Athletes? (The Root)
"Amazing Fact About the Negro No. 89: Why are there so many black people playing professional sports in the United States? The short answer: There aren’t!"

Learn more about Ali’s 1974 Rumble in the Jungle, a major formal inspiration for the piece.

Watch & Listen

nora chipaumire in conversation (Facebook)
The choreographer goes in with acclaimed dance historian Charmaine Warren.

The black, African, female, body: Nora Chipaumire at TEDxCalArts (YouTube)
chipaumire on performance, body, and presence.

Nora Chipaumire discusses "Portrait of Myself as My Father" (YouTube)
An interview about the piece during its world premiere at Montclair State University's Peak Performances.

Now your turn...

What did you think? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below and on social media using #norachipaumire.

1 comment:

  1. I walked out after 15 min. Do you censure feedback? I"d already left that comment earlier. The programming of the Fisher place stinks, - and I have been a fan of BAM and a subscriber for 20 years.